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Tobermore first to publish EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations)

By Megan Reid
2 min read

As part of Tobermore’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, we have published a library of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Tobermore is proud to be first to market in publishing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for our paving, walling and kerb products. Following a rigorous Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Tobermore can accurately demonstrate the environmental impact of over 400 products.

What are EPDs? 

An EPD is a document that lays out the environmental performance or impact of a construction product or material over time. 

EPDs allow construction industry professionals to compare the environmental impact of different products and materials and make informed decisions about which to choose for their project. 

For example, architects and contractors can use an EPD to choose the most sustainable option for a particular project. 

For us here at Tobermore, it also means we can use the data from an EPD assessment to reduce the impact of our products and deliver ever-more sustainable options for the industry. 

Tobermore EPDs are valid until 2027 and are based on ISO standards (ISO 14025 and EN 15804+A2.). 

Key Benefits to Tobermore customers

By investing in EPDs, Tobermore pledges to report comparable, objective and third-party verified data that shows the impartial environmental performance of our products and services. Having an EPD for the products used in a project can help specifiers and construction professionals achieve accreditation in certification schemes, such as LEED, BREEAM and others. 

✔️  Make sustainable product decisions using EPDs.

✔️  Verified environmental performance data with no greenwashing.

✔️  Partner with a supplier that is transparent about the environmental impact of their products.

✔️  Earn credits towards BREEAM and LEED certifications.

✔️  Work with a manufacturer that aligns with your carbon targets.

✔️  Responsible procurement via a supply chain partner with a strategic focus on sustainability.

How is an EPD created? 

An EPD is created in five stages: 

  1. Data is collected, including raw material, resource consumption and waste data for each product.
  2. A lifecycle assessment is conducted.
  3. Background information is collected for the report, giving details about the methodology used for the assessment, any assumptions made and the standards that have been adhered to.
  4. Third-party verification is carried out by an independent verifier, to ensure impartiality, reliability and accuracy.
  5. The EPD is published into the public domain.

The key factor here is the third-party verification of the EPD, which is a core part of the international standard that defines EPDs: ISO14025. 

At Tobermore, all our EPD certificates are verified by an approved independent verifier before being registered and published on the Irish Green Building Council EPD Portal

Investing heavily in renewable energy solutions, Tobermore has its own wind turbine and 1,250 solar panels which power its operations. The responsible manufacturer achieved the BES 6001 accreditation for the responsible sourcing of construction products. In addition, Tobermore sends zero waste to landfill and use 100% recycled packaging. For more information on sustainability at Tobermore click here. 

To view and download Tobermore EPDs, click here. 

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Megan Reid

Megan is the Commercial Marketing Executive at Tobermore. Her role is to assist the Commercial Marketing Manager when delivering successful marketing campaigns to increase brand awareness and support sales within the professional market.